UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

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Testing Requirements

 Teacher candidates are required to complete state required tests as part of their teacher preparation.  The following is an overview of the Educator Preparation Program's testing requirements.

  • Basic Skills Testing (ACT, Praxis I PPST, Praxis I CORE,SAT,GRE)
    • completed before or during a candidates first year in the program. 
    • demonstrates a teacher candidate has the basic reading, writing, and math skills to train to be a teacher 
    • required for admission to the Educator Preparation Program
  • Content Testing (Praxis II, Language Testing International)
    • completed approximately one year before student teaching
    • each content area has it's own unique exam requirements
    • must be completed and passed before beginning student teaching
  • Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test (FORT)
    • required for early childhood, elementary and graduate reading teachers
    • attempted after completion of the reading course(s) in your program
      • elementary majors (teacher education 316 Block II)
      • graduate elementary education (reading 760)
      • early childhood majors (teacher education 322)
      • reading program (during second summer session)
  • edTPA
    • attempted during student teaching
    • required for initial teacher licensing
    • a performance based assessment